Victim uses app to recover stolen iPhone


In the ongoing struggle between crime and crime-fighting technology, one man claimed victory this week after his iPhone was snatched in San Mateo and then tracked to the suspected thief's home in Redwood City.

San Mateo police said the victim's phone was taken during an auto burglary on Rhus Street on Monday.

The victim was able to track the iPhone using an application installed on the phone, and directed police detectives to a home on Clinton Street in Redwood City on Tuesday, police said.

At the home, detectives found the missing iPhone, as well as stolen property from two other auto burglaries in San Mateo and one in Burlingame.

The suspect, Jonathan Galvin, 19, of Redwood City, was arrested and booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property, police said.

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Posted by Big Al
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2010 at 5:53 pm

This calls for a rather childish saying:

(to the thief)

"what a burn, what a cut, stick your finger up your...."

Good work guys!
Book 'em Dano!

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Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Was the app Google Latitude?

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Posted by Jail Break
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Apple doesn't allow Google Latitude on the iPhone. In reports I read, it was Apple's paid service, MobileMe, which lead to the recovery.

If you jailbreak the iPhone, you can purchase an app, Longitude, which will update Latitude every 15 minutes.

There is, however, a better solution "iLocalis" (also require jailbreaking) which not only updates Google Latitude, but also offers many of the features offered by MobileMe at a fraction of the annual cost.

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